Affront on historical institutions

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The creation of additional four emirate councils from the already existing one emirate in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is an affront on historical institutions.

Although he is not the first governor to have done this, the reasons remain the same in all cases of local council creations– to whittle down the powers of the existing rulers, and to show them that political power is superior to traditional power.

However, this has succeeded in most cases across Nigeria. The military in their high-handedness did not do half of what civilian government has done since the return of Nigeria to civil rule in 1999.

Often, governors who are below performance are threatened when traditional rulers criticise them. They look for ways to show that they are above correction– this appears to be the reason for the development in the ancient city of Kano. The governor knew, such a project could not have been popular in his first term, as the implications could be grave on his political career.

But someone noted that such a decision by a governor to curtail “an overbearing” monarch, “is not new in Nigeria, even during the colonial era.”

But history students say that the above assertion is not altogether correct.

In the colonial era, what happened in the Benin Kingdom is far from what is happening now. Then, it was an external colony using a superior force of power (the force of the guns) to suppress the peaceful coexistence, but with less military power, of some rural institutions. Today, a subject rises up to destabilise an already existing institution that precedes his forefathers because of quest to grab political power.  

Going down memory lane, Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi (who ruled 1888-1897) was the ba (king) of the Kingdom of Benin Read More...

No end in sight for security challenge as inter-agency rivalry impedes efforts

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There are concerns that the seeming reluctance of security agencies to share intelligence, may not have helped the security situation in the country, as the development has the tendency of making the agencies work at cross-purposes.

Considering the dynamic nature of crime, and the tendency of criminals to evolve new ideas and strategies, many are of the firm belief, that intelligence sharing as well as joint review of strategies, remain the best way to proceed amongst the security agencies in the country.

This has become more compelling, against the backdrop of the emerging challenges of kidnapping, armed banditry, and other violent crimes across the country.

There are, however, divergent views on the phenomenon of inter-agency rivalry in the country.

While some stakeholders believe the issue may be a thing of the past, others insist that more needs to be done, to address same.

For instance, Acting Director of Defence  Information  Colonel Onyema  Nwachukwu, , argued that the era of the military and security agencies discordant tunes, was gone.

To buttress his position, Nwachukwu drew attention to the just-concluded international military sports council day, which he noted, drew participants from security and relevant para-military agencies.

According to him, the idea was to promote synergy, cooperation and comradeship among the agencies. The end result being an enhanced atmosphere for crime fighting and prevention.

“I don’t think there is any discordant tune coming from the Armed Forces and other security agencies. We  just had international military sports council day run and all the personnel of the armed forces ,Nigerian police, road safety,  immigration ,fire service were all involved .The idea was to promote synergy and friendliness  amongst the services and other security agencies .

“A lot is been done in that regard so I don’t think there is any … Read More...

The Nigerian poor bear the brunt of the law, the rich are untouchable

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Poverty is a universal phenomenon that exists in all economies including the developing, developed, undeveloped, emerging and frontier. Poverty is a class and those who belong here, known and labeled as ‘the poor’, have varied definitions depending on place and circumstance.

Whereas the Holy Book called the Bible celebrates the poor, especially the poor in heart, as people who are meek, gentle, honest, pure in their thinking, reasoning and dealing with fellow human beings, man looks at the poor from a variegated prism as the have-nots, humiliated, vilified and deprived.

The poor who populate these new faith centres are assured of prosperity on the condition that they sow so that they can reap and so, from tithe to seed faith, covenant seed, self-denial, contacting the pastor’s anointing with special but substantial offering directly proportional to expected wealth, the poor is stripped bare, and clothed with great expectations.

The poor are, indeed, a pitiable lot and, in the Nigerian society, given the way it is configured and run today, they are not only deprived, but also criminialsed. They are deprived of basic needs of life including food and good shelter for reasons of affordability. They are also deprived of the freedom and right to even suffer, as they do, to remain alife.

Here is a country where government has no provision whatsoever that caters for the poor, yet is always out hounding and criminalizing many of them who have decided to live, in spite government, by hawking, riding commercial motorcycles (okada), and doing sundry things to keep going with life.

Nigeria is also a country where the poor are confirmed criminals, always hounded and oppressed by the government, for peccadilloes or minor offences including even being able to afford to seek refuge in the slums, which the … Read More...